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Why Study Classics?

Here are just a few perspectives:

Tim O'Reilly, Founder of O'Reilly Media, Classics Major at Harvard

Classics Majors Find Their Future in the Past (by Katharine Brooks, Director of Liberal Arts Career Services at The University of Texas at Austin)

The Best Prospective Law Students Read Homer (by Professor Derek T. Muller, Pepperdine University School of Law)

Branding and Marketing the Classics Major (also by Katharine Brooks)

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter Author and Classics Minor at Exeter University

Chris Martin, Lead Guitarist of Coldplay and Graduate with First Honours in Greek and Latin from the University of London

"Why in Heaven's Name Are You Majoring in Greek?" (by ABC News Correspondent Lynn Sherr)

Lynn Sherr, Journalist and Classics Major at Wellesley College

Classics and British Celebrities

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2013 Report: 
"The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences, for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation"

2003 Nobel Prize Winner (Physics) Sir Anthony James Leggett Majored in Classics at Balliol College, Oxford

National Standardized Test Scores of Classics Students

Princeton Classics Alums on the Value of their Classical Education (video)

Jerry Brown, Current Governor of California and Classics Major at Berkeley

Classicists Are Smart! (Discover Magazine)

Dido, Recording Artist and Greek and Latin Concentrator at City of London Girls' School

20th President of the US and Classics Professor James Garfield Could Compose Greek and Latin Simultaneously

Forbes Magazine Asks Contemporary Leaders What They Learned from Studying Classics

Rita Mae Brown, Novelist and Classics Major at New York University

Thomas Jefferson, Dr Seuss, and Others Weigh in on the Value of Classics

Charles Geschke, Co-Founder of Adobe Systems, Earned a B.A. in Classics at Xavier University

Professor Alexander Beecroft's Chronicle of Higher Education essay "The Humanities: What Went Right?" (includes data on salaries of Classics majors) 

Toni Morrison, Author and Classics Minor at Howard University

Thomas Jefferson, Primary Author of the Declaration of Independence and Lifelong Greek and Latin Learner

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Classics Major at Balliol College, Oxford

Iggy Pop on the Enduring Relevance of Roman History

Henry David Thoreau’s Take on Classics

Iggy Pop, Punk Rock Pioneer and Amateur Roman Historian

Hip-Hop in Latin by the German Band ISTA

What Exactly Do We Owe the Greeks? (Newsweek Editorial)

National Football League Player Jonathan Martin Majored in Classics at Stanford

National Education Report on Greek and Latin

Ted Turner III, Entrepreneur and a Classics Major Prior to his Expulsion from Brown University (Ted Turner II's Infamous Letter about TT III's Choice of Major)

Latin on Facebook

A Platonic Dialogue between a Greek Major and a Business Major

Top Ten List of Reasons to Study Classics

Why Study Latin and Greek and the Classical Humanities (Saint Louis University)?

Daniel Levin, Author of The Last Ember Majored in Classical Civilization at the University of Michigan

Career Resources for Classics Majors Seeking Careers in Education

Miss Lahey's Epistle to the Romans

Novelist C.S. Lewis (above) Studied Classics at Oxford

Classics and Film, e.g. the Coen Brothers' O Brother! Where Art Thou

Saxophonist Chris Potter Discusses Homer's Influence on his New Album, "The Sirens"

More from Thomas Jefferson

Karl Marx's Doctoral Dissertation Was Entitled "The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature"




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